Sprouts coming to Lake Highlands Town Center: A sneak peek

The Richardson Sprouts store
The Richardson Sprouts store

After years on pins and needles, speculating and hoping we’d get a Sprouts at the Lake Highlands Town Center, you may have heard the big announcement at Councilman Adam McGough’s town hall meeting Tuesday night or read Sam Gillespie’s recap: Sprouts is indeed coming to LH. Bill Rafkin, Managing Director of Cypress Real Estate Advisors, announced that Sprouts would like to open its doors at the LHTC around March of 2017.

Okay, I have a confession. I’ve never been to Sprouts.

Oh, I’ve been on the Sprouts bandwagon and I get the general idea: Sprouts is some kind of smallish, fresh grocer. Their signs call them a “Farmers Market,” and their website touts “healthy, easy living,” “bright, cheery neighborhood stores,” and “incredible prices in an approachable setting.” But – between you and me – what is it, exactly? I decided to visit two nearby Dallas Sprouts locations and get a sneak peak of the LH Town Center’s soon-to-be anchor.

You can see my photos of the lower Greenville location (technically 1800 N. Henderson) and the Richardson location (Coit and Campbell) and some of the purchases I made for my family below.

Granted, Sprouts will be more to Lake Highlands than a place to buy organic oranges and fresh arugula. It’s a pivotal signee in a pivotal center at a pivotal time in the history of our neighborhood. Having Sprouts as an anchor tenant means Cypress can press for commitments from all the regional and local restaurants who’ve been circling – but staying on the fence instead of signing leases on the dotted line.

As soon as those dominos fall – and they will, says Rafkin – he can sign a cinema, a yogurt shop, retail stores, service companies, a yoga studio, a coffee shop – and other tenants. But Sprouts was the lynchpin.

We Lake Highlanders may not be willing to walk to the LHTC, admits Rafkin, but once we drive there, we’ll find plenty of reasons to linger and stroll. He’s banking on it.

Sprouts produce
Sprouts produce
Sprouts wine section
Sprouts wine section
Sprouts organic foods
Sprouts organic foods
Sprouts offerings
Sprouts breads and cheeses
Sprouts vitamins and health foods
Sprouts vitamins and health foods
Sprouts label sweet potato chips, BBQ chips and raspberry jam
Sprouts label sweet potato chips, BBQ chips and raspberry preserves
Sprouts label honey, syrup, olive oil and artichokes
Sprouts label honey, maple syrup, olive oil and artichokes
Sprouts label sunflower seeds, and Sriracha chips, Winking Girl salsa
Sprouts label sunflower seeds and Sriracha chips, Winking Girl salsa
Sprouts label coffee, cocoa and dried pears
Sprouts label coffee, cocoa and dried pears

 


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  • mark

    You should take a more positive outlook instead of being so negative. My wife and I enjoy walking, you should try it sometime. Its a good way to shed pounds

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  • Erin Blaydes Anderson

    No one wants to walk TO the center. That was NEVER the idea. Does anyone walk TO Mockingbird Station or Uptown??? NO. Not once. That’s an obsurd argument. We drive to these places, park in PARKING GARAGES and then proceed to spend the next 3-4 hours walking from restaurants, to the movies, and then the bar for drinks. Or we park in PARKING GARAGES and walk from store to store, and grab a coffee or a snack in the process. THAT was the vision for LHTC. When the parking garages were nixed, “density” and “walkabilty” died. “Community gathering place” died. “New and innovative” died. Lake Highlands got hosed by corporate developers who have no stake in our community. They want to make their money back and move on. And our former leadership let them do it. Heartbroken.

  • 1st anon

    Why not take Skillman down to 4 lanes maximum, 25-30MPH (actual), like it is in Lakewood? Put crossing markings, with flashing lights. It can be done. We just need to take back our neighborhood.

  • LogicalObserver

    The only thing that would truly make walking across Skillman safe would be a pedestrian bridge. But that’s outta budget.
    Sooo many accidents around these intersections. Even pedestrian deaths.
    Truly scary.

  • Ian Powell

    Dart Stations already have camera coverage. Only thing I might suggest is that they upgrade the resolution on these cameras.

    I might add the reason Walmart & Super Target are in those locations is due to the large low income population within walking distance.

  • Jake Wuebben

    this is great news

  • 1st anon

    That’s good stuff. I wasn’t here then, so didn’t know about it. I’d love to find out more and why nothing has happened with Skillman.

    I do find it pretty disgusting that the author of that old article (not Carol) would insert herself by saying “It’s hard for some people (including me) to believe that Skillman could ever be pedestrian or bike friendly …”

    Skillman, Walnut Hill, and Abrams could certainly be pedestrian and bike friendly. There’s plenty of room. Take it down to 30MPH, put protected bike lanes in, more pedestrian safe crossings, narrower lanes, traffic controls.

    It can be done. The residents just have to care more about the total of the Lake Highlands neighborhood.

  • 1st anon

    Carol, with all due respect, you are far underselling the potential of this neighborhood. Do you get out to some of the areas that I mentioned above? Try Snider Plaza, where you can safely navigate across Hillcrest Ave. and/or Lover’s Lane. Or Inwood Village, where you cross Inwood Road or Lover’s Lane. Go to Preston Center, which is very similar to what LHTC could be. Preston/Royal.

    A great deal of the rest of the city is getting on board the walkability idea. It’s one of the reasons Mr. McGough won the city council election (you know, a Trinity park vs. a Trinity tollroad).

    We don’t need to be the through-way for non-LHers blasting south or north on Skillman, or for 18-wheelers driving 50MPH+. Skillman, Walnut Hill, and Abrams should be 30MPH roads (and enforced) with safe pedestrian crossings.

  • GetThingsDone

    Yep, that’s the way I see it too, Carol — LHTC as a drive-to destination with walkable storefronts and venues. But, I am also curious to learn how “Complete Streets” initiatives like those being brought to life in other parts of town (KnoxHenderson, CedarSprings) are going to be applied to Lake Highlands. The last time I saw a vision map was about two years ago and Skillman was classified as a mixed use street which was targeted for enhancements that would compliment the LHTC. Has the vision changed? Another reference to “Complete Streets” found in The Advocate: http://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2013/09/citys-complete-streets-manual-finally-complete/

  • Carol Toler

    Gotta say, in all the meetings I’ve attended, I never had the impression that the goal was for large numbers of people to walk TO the center. A few maybe. But who really walks to the grocery store and walks home with four bags of groceries? In the Texas heat? Nah, I always felt that “walkability” meant you drive to LHTC, park your car, and stroll into a few shops, get a yogurt, stop for a drink, have dinner, walk off your meal, pause to chat with friends you bump into, and drive home. That’s walkability….

  • GetThingsDone

    You’re right, 1stAnon, Skillman/Walnut to Skillman/Abrams are presently not walkable. However, Skillman as a “Complete Streets” project was discussed at one time and there was even a community input forum as I recall… whatever happened to that? http://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2012/05/skillman-may-be-the-recipient-of-a-calming-makeover/

  • 1st anon

    Are you not familiar with Merriman Park or White Rock Valley or the other areas nearby? Let’s use Merriman Park as an example. There’s not a chance that I would let my family cross Skillman Freeway, not even at a theoretically-protected intersection. But if Skillman was an actual street, with maximum 30MPH and actual patrols, then sure, the family could walk or bike to the movie. We could leave the older kids at home, and go for a coffee at the Seattle-based coffee shop that was discussed in another article.

    Other parts of Dallas are starting to realize this abject failure of being car-centric and people-second. How about we take back our city so that we can indeed walk to LHTC?

    You want specifics? Here: Uptown used to be second-tier multi-family complexes with nothing except McKinney and Central slamming through it. Now, it’s a walking/biking cool place to be. Downtown is seeing revitalization and there is significant, especially with the addition of Klyde Warren Park. There is significant discussion about speed limits and making the area more walkable. University Park and Highland Park are very walkable, with Mockingbird Lane only 2-lanes to get to Highland Park Village (with a coffee shop, theater, and burger restaurant). Oak Cliff and the Bishop Arts area is very walkable.

    If we can’t walk/bike to LH Town Center, then it will ultimately fail as a “town center”.

  • Right-Is-Right

    Maybe, maybe not… new multi-family complexes within reasonable walking distance lean toward being upscale properties (Haven, NorthRock, Everwood) or are in the process of rehabilitating themselves (Skillman Bend Condos? Oaks-On-The-Bend Condos? Huntington Lakes Apts???). Fact is, these housing options have already started attracting middle-income occupants and people seeking higher end amenities. Granted, greatest vulnerability is still at the DART Station where anyone from anywhere can enter/exit the area quickly — security cameras and vigilant patrolling by law enforcement at this location alone could well deter many would-be criminals on foot. Vickery Meadow and Lake Highlands are not one and the same.

  • Right-Is-Right

    Oh come on, be real… name anywhere in Dallas that anyone walks more than a quarter-mile to reach their destination. Unless you are living in one of the multi-family complexes WITHIN a quarter-mile radius of the LHTC, it’s a given that you are going to drive to get there. This is Texas and we live in the 21st Century… we drive everywhere. Having the ability to walk the entire town center area once you get there is more in line with what you can reasonably expect. Or, connecting to the White Rock Trail via the expansion of the LH Trail currently in design-phase, you might want to make a full day of hiking/biking. Kinda dreaming… ICEHOUSE, anyone?

  • LogicalObserver

    2017. Now I’m not so psyched. Too much time to pull out.

  • Marvin Hought

    Once shops, etc. go up at LHTC security will need to be high because of the low income high crime apartments in the area. Timber Creek Shopping Center on Skillman has a lot of crime beause it is behind Vickery Meadow, another high crime low income area.

  • 1st anon

    “We Lake Highlanders may not be willing to walk to the LHTC, admits Rafkin”

    And that statement embodies the sad, utter failure of the city with respect to the Skillman corridor and Lake Highlands. You have an amazing part of town with magnificent views, great people, and solid residential neighborhoods ….. that the city has sliced and diced with it’s with it’s super-wide 60MPH Skillman Freeway and Walnut Hill Autobahn.

  • Jason

    If this is real, this is great news. But I’m still not positive this isn’t a fake article. 🙂